07 Nov2023November 7, 2023

Developmentally Appropriate Play: Is it More Important than Age-Appropriate Play?

Developmentally appropriate play is different from age-appropriate play. Age-appropriate play is determined by looking at a child’s chronological age and determines what types of toys and activities a child should be using and participating in to match their peers interests and abilities. Developmentally appropriate play first looks at the child’s abilities to communicate, move their...

24 Oct2023October 24, 2023

Developmental Milestone vs Developmental Capacity: Why we need to use both terms when discussing a Psychodynamic Framework like the Greenspan/DIR™ Model

When learning Dr. Greenspan’s Greenspan/DIR™ Model, or as it is referred to in its final version, The Learning Tree, it is important to understand why Dr. Greenspan used various terms such as stages, levels, milestones, and capacities in his 40 books referring to the Social-Emotional Developmental Levels/Stages/Milestones/ Capacities he became so famous for identifying and...

18 Oct2023October 18, 2023

Independence vs Interdependence: Which Should we Prioritize for Children?

For most children, especially those with developmental challenges like autism, one of their primary goals is independence. While it is important for every child to live in the world without being fully reliant or dependent on others, independence may not necessarily be the correct goal. Why? When we are independent, we do everything for ourselves....

12 Oct2023October 16, 2023

How Children Learn to Self-Regulate: Co-Regulation and Counter Regulation

Many doctors and therapists believe that a child’s self-regulation comes from allowing the child to calm themselves down when stressed.  Unfortunately, this belief leads to parents/caregivers being told to, While some of these parental responses can lead to a change in the child’s behavior, if they are used early in life, before a child has...

07 Sep2023September 8, 2023

What is Social-Emotional Health, and How is it Different from Social-Emotional Skills?

Most people think of social-emotional health and social-emotional skills as synonyms.  While these are related, they are also different. Traditionally, social-emotional skills are often described as a child’s ability to be calm, listen, express themselves, follow instructions, share, take turns, etc.  While these are all part of social-emotional health, the skills, like sharing and taking...

21 Apr2023April 20, 2023

Study Conclusion: Use Floortime for Early Autism Intervention

The outcomes indicate the effectiveness of Floortime as a method for early intervention of children with autism. In their chapter “Early Intervention of Autism: A Case for the Floortime Approach,” child development scholars Rubina Lal and Rakhee Chhabria conclude with the following: Early intervention is very important for enhancing the development of infants and toddlers...

20 Apr2023April 20, 2023

Floortime improves physical education learning in children with autism

Introduction All people have a right to education, including people with disabilities. Some children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have significant challenges in their educational path, including additional cognitive delays and physical limitations. A study was conducted on two children, one male and one female, with significant physical limitations and cognitive delay, to see if...